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Isle of Wight Festival 2025

The Isle of Wight Festival 2025 will return to Seaclose Park in Newport on 19-22 June 2025.

Register your interest for ferry travel to The Isle of Wight Festival 2025 using the form below. We'll email you once sailings are available to book. 

Festival stage lit up in the dark with confetti
Group of ladies linked arms with festival arch in the background
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Stage at night with fireworks all around
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Ferry to the Isle of Wight

Southampton is the gateway to the Isle of Wight Festival and is easy to reach by car, train, coach and plane from anywhere in the UK or Europe. We operate passenger vehicle ferries from Southampton to East Cowes on the Isle of Wight and Hi-Speed passenger-only services to West Cowes. 

We know how exciting the festival experience is, which is why we aim to sail you across the Solent as promptly and safely as possible. Our vehicle ferries offer party vibes, suntrap outer decks and several fully licensed bars, while our Red Jet Hi-Speed service will get you to the Island in under 30 mins, perfect for those who don’t want to hang around!

Don’t forget, when you sail with Red Funnel, you’ll also get access to the pre-festival party at our Southampton ferry terminal on the Thursday and Friday.

Taking a vehicle?

Loading up the car with your best mates and camping gear and heading over to the IW Festival is easy with Red Funnel. Our vehicle ferries depart Southampton every hour, with a 55-60 minute crossing to East Cowes.

There's plenty of time to get something to eat and enjoy a pre-festival beer or two as you cruise down Southampton Water. On arrival, it's a short 10 minute drive to the dedicated festival car parks. 

It's essential that you pre-book your car, van or motorhome in advance as the ferries will become fully booked. Booking early ensures you get the best price and your preferred sailing times. Don't forget, our car fares include up to 7 people.

Travelling on foot?

From Southampton you can choose to travel to East Cowes (perfect for campers) or West Cowes (quickest for VIP & non-campers). Our East Cowes service departs every hour and takes 55-60 minutes. Our West Cowes service has departures regularly at peak times and takes around 30 minutes. The period ticket price of £18pp is the same for each service and if you wish you can travel out one route and return on the other using the same ticket.

If arriving in Southampton by train or National Express, the Quayconnect bus service connects Southampton Central station with the ferry terminals at Town Quay. It's a 5-minute walk from the coach station to the bus stop at the train station. Quayconnect is free for customers with Red Funnel tickets, or through rail or coach tickets to East or West Cowes. Leave the bus at Terminal 1 for East Cowes and Terminal 2 for West Cowes. 

If arriving at Southampton Airport, you can catch a train from Southampton Airport Parkway to Southampton Central (10 minutes) and then hop on the Quayconnect bus as mentioned above.

Travelling around the Island

Once you arrive on the Island, festival shuttle buses will take you to the festival campsite. If you're not camping and are travelling via West Cowes you may want to leave the bus at Newport Bus Station rather than continuing to the festival campsite. The main festival entrance is a 25 minute walk from the bus station in Newport.

For campers, there's also a River Shuttle Service which operates from East and West Cowes to Island Harbour (850 yards from the campsite entrance). The journey by water takes just 20 minutes and return tickets are available to purchase on arrival. The River Shuttle will be signposted, but if in doubt, speak to one of our friendly staff members who will be around the terminal to assist with any queries.

Shuttle Bus

Southern Vectis will be running festival shuttle buses to and from both our East Cowes and West Cowes terminals. Click the links below to view the timetables.

Water Taxi

There will be a water taxi service operating from both ferry terminals to Island Harbour (10 min walk from Festival campsite). Water taxi crew will be waiting outside both terminals to sell tickets and guide passengers to the departure points.

Return travel is £15 per person. For more information and to arrange pickups, call 07974 864627.

The Isle of Wight Festival will return to Seaclose Park in Newport over 19-22 June 2025. Now one of the UK’s most popular musical festivals, the original Isle of Wight Festival was held each year from 1968-1970, when crowds of up to 600,000 revellers would gather on the Island to see the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, The Doors and The Who.

Revived in 2002 by music boss John Giddings, the Isle of Wight Festival continues to thrive, and this year will welcome headliners Green Day, The Prodigy, and Pet Shop Boys, amongst a huge line up of acts over several stages!

Each year the Isle of Wight Festival sets a theme, we can't wait to find out what 2025 will be! Generally you can expect to see flower crowns, glitter and fabulous costumes as festivalgoers get into the party spirit. If you don’t have anything handy, fear not, as you’ll find many stalls selling all manner of outlandish clothes and accessories, as well as retro and vintage gear. You’ll also find glitter artists and face painters ready and waiting to complete your festival ‘fit!

Foodies will love the mouth-watering mix of street food on offer, with independent vendors serving up everything from hog roast to Greek gyros, to churros and lots more. There’ll even be an on-site Co-op for last minute munchies or essentials at reasonable prices. 

Staying hydrated is important, and needn't be costly - take a water bottle and use refill stations around the festival site.

As with previous years, the festival will feature different areas, allowing you to easily navigate the site and build your own itinerary with all your favourite acts. The Isle of Wight Festival app is also very handy, and allows you to form your own timetable, so you don't need to miss a thing.

What should I bring to The Isle of Wight Festival 2025?

Festival Check List
Camping or not, we recommend all festivalgoers carry these essentials:

  • 100% phone battery, and ideally a portable power bank for back-up
  • Antibacterial hand gel – unfortunately, not all of the portaloos have handwashing facilities 
  • Tissues – a bog roll from home also works
  • Sunglasses – you’ve waited 20 years to see Green Day, don’t let sun glare spoil it! 
  • A bumbag – the only place you’ll get away with wearing one, and oh-so handy
  • Sun cream – self explanatory
  • A water bottle – you can refill this for free at various taps around the site
  • Comfy shoes – you’ll be on your feet a lot

Forgotten something?
We’ve got you covered! Pop into our shoreside or onboard retail outlets to pick up last-minute purchases including hats, shades, and sun cream, along with phone chargers, a selection of toiletries and medicines, and more.  

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Places to Stay

The Isle of Wight Festival campsite usually opens on the Thursdayand will close again at 2:00pm on the Monday. Your camping ticket will include a standard size pitch for your tent, and it's best to get there early to get a good spot! You can also bring a motorhome if that's more your style!

If you’re more of a glamper than a camper, you might want to check out some of the fabulous accommodation Red Funnel Holidays have to offer, with hotels, holiday parks, and rental properties across the Island.  

If you’re visiting on foot, you’ll want to look for locations that are along the bus route. Premier Inn or Travelodge in Newport are convenient choices, while in Cowes you’ll find cosy rooms at hotels close to the high street, such as The Fountain Inn. There are also some spectacular apartments to rent, perfect for small groups and all within walking distance of West Cowes Red Jet terminal and the shuttlebus.

If you’re bringing your car and happy to stay further afield, a cosy cottage will provide a relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of the festival, while most holiday parks come complete with pools and on-site facilities to really make the most of your Island break!

Nearby shops

Opposite our East Cowes ferry terminal you’ll find a Waitrose and a Co-op for stocking up on supplies, while on Cowes High Street you’ll find a Sainsbury's Local, and a M&S Food conveniently located by the West Cowes shuttle bus stop.  

There are larger supermarkets in Newport such as ASDA, Morrisons, and Sainsbury's. Please note that glass is not permitted into the festival, so if you’re planning on bringing alcohol for your camp, you’ll want to opt for cans or cartons instead.

Places to get a good meal

From pre-festival fuel to a greasy spoon for the morning after, you’ll find plenty of great places to grab a bite to eat on the way to or from the festival. Our Southampton terminals will be offering Costa coffee, a selection of ‘grab and go’ food, drinks and snacks - and if you’re travelling on our vehicle ferry you’ll find a tasty selection of cooked breakfasts (until 11:30am), Phat Pasty Co. hot savouries, hot and cold beverages, sandwiches, cakes and more in our onboard ReFuel outlets.  

Those travelling on the Red Jet will find several pubs along Cowes High Street offering hearty dishes, along with local independent cafes and bakeries.  If you're heading to East Cowes, great spots include The Lifeboat and Artisan Cafe, while in Newport you can find Wetherspoons pub The Man in the Moon, Correo Lounge, McDonalds, and the only Burger King on the Island.